Hinduism In a Nutshell

Cover The July issue will be online the 1st of July. But we wanted to issue a preview of the Educational Insight section. It’s a new rendering of Hindu Basics. The most popular part of our website for years. Now available in ebook formats. Perfect to give away or share with friends.

Hinduism In a Nutshell
A Simple Overview of a Complex Faith
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

Recent Google search on What is Hinduism yielded some 223,000 answers. Many are from outsiders offering their best take; many are from antagonists taking their best shot. Too few are knowledgeable; fewer still are authentic. Rare is the answer that goes beyond parochial sectar-ian understandings; scarcely any encompasses the huge gamut implied in the question. For these reasons alone, the book from which this article is taken was inevitable. Written by devout Hindus and drawn from the deepest wells of spiritual experience and cultural insight, it is a definition coming from deep inside the inner sanctum and depicting in words and amazing images the living, breathing entity that is Hinduism.

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Praising God

KURAL 1
“A” is the first and source of all the letters. Even so is God Primordial the first and source of all the world.

KURAL 2
What has learning profited a man, if it has not led him to worship the Good Feet of Him who is pure knowledge itself?

KURAL 3
The Supreme dwells within the lotus of the heart. Those who reach His Splendid Feet dwell enduringly within unearthly realms.

KURAL 4
Draw near the Feet of Him who is free of desire and aversion, and live forever free of suffering.

KURAL 5
Good and bad, delusion’s dual deeds, do not cling to those who delight in praising the Immutable, Worshipful One.

KURAL 6
A long and joyous life rewards those who remain firmly on the faultless path of Him who controls the five senses.

KURAL 7
They alone dispel the mind’s distress who take refuge at the Feet of the Incomparable One.

KURAL 8
They alone can cross life’s other oceans who take refuge at the Feet of the Gracious One, Himself an Ocean of Virtue.

KURAL 9
The head which cannot bow before the Feet of the Possessor of eight infinite powers is like the senses lacking the power to perceive.

KURAL 10
The boundless ocean of births can be crossed, indeed, but not without intimate union with Infinity’s Holy Feet.

Saiva Dharma – A Catechism for Saivite Hinduism

Gurudeva's work appears in numerous magical ways. This came in to Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami during the trip to Keerimalai. It's a pocketbook of Hinduism's tenets on God and Soul in a question and answer format and is both simple and profound. This booklet coincidentally was given out during the 1981 Innersearch. Gurudeva stands majestically on the back cover and the inside has both English and Tamil versions.

Gurudeva App 1.2 – Released At Last!

Yesterday was Chitra Puja to Gurudeva. On that day Apple approved our new submission. We have an update to the Gurudeva App which now works with IOS 12+. Update the App on your phone, or download it at:

Hindu Lexicon Is Also a Web App!

One of the many small accomplishments during the 2018 cycle, thanks to the generous donations to the Digital Dharma Drive, was that Andre Garzia produced a web app of our Hindu Lexicon. It appears below. You can also view it alone in your browser (click here) It is also available in the SivaSiva App and you can get it all by itself on your mobile device. Open this page on your Android or iPhone: 1) Click here to open in Chrome or Safari. 2) Under the share/options choose "Add to Home Screen" 3) Now you see it like any other app. You must have a live internet connection. Gurudeva was fond of taking a word adventure. Click a word and then click related words. You can click the little book mark underneath the word, and you save the words to "My Words" for review later. When we add words over time, they immediately become available the lexicon.

New Version of SivaSiva App 1.3

A new version of SivaSiva App, 1.3. Three new modules that Android users have not seen. And the Android version is stable!

How Do We Receive Guests?

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas
Path to Siva Commentaries

How Do We Receive Guests?

Treat the guest as God; the guest's heart is more sensitive than the most sensitive flower. If we generously give to others, we will attract more wealth in this and future lives....

Path to Siva, Lesson 52


Click here to go to an index of all of Bodhinatha's and Gurudeva's online audio.

Peace and Contentment – Publisher’s Desk

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami reads his editorial from the October/November/December 2018 edition of Hinduism Today magazine. "A look at some specific suggestions on what we can do to experience the peaceful state of mind called contentment"

A Final Art Submission

The final submission for our upcoming yet-to-be-revealed publication. This is a painting done by Jaipur painter Kailash Raj. We've chosen this beautiful work as the publication's cover art

When you seek a guru,
Seek one who is holy and pure
And then give him your all—
Your body, life and wealth.
Then in constancy learn clearly,
Not a moment distracting.
Surely shall you thus reach Siva’s State.
Placing His Feet on my head,
The Master blessed me. He is the holy guru.
He my Self Realization works.
He takes the jiva to the state beyond tattvas.
He sunders my bonds.
All these he performs— He that is Truth itself.

Tirumantiram Verses 1693 & 2049

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